Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. The word derives from the Greek word, Pharmakon, meaning “drug” or “medicine“
Pharmacists are the experts on drug therapy, with specialized education and training and are the primary health professionals who optimize medication use to provide patients with positive health outcomes.
Pharmacists undergo university-level education to understand biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, drug uses and therapeutic roles, side effects, potential interactions, research and development of new drugs, their approvals and regulations.
- Pharmacy profession is not effected by recession, as in other industries
- A fast growing sector, Pharma is second only to IT
- You can follow a vocation or make a career in healthcare
- Flexible working environments in different fields
- National demand for qualified Registered Pharmacists in Government & Private Set ups
- Competitive salaries, in fact more than doctors in few sectors
- Opportunity to run your own business (Retail, Wholesale, Production)
Education in Pharmacy
- The pharmacy education and profession in India up to graduate and post graduate level is regulated by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).
- A Bachelor of Pharmacy (abbreviated B Pharm) is an undergraduate academic degree in the field of pharmacy. The degree is the basic prerequisite for registration to practice as a pharmacist in many countries.
- A Diploma in Pharmacy (abbreviated D Pharm) is an academic diploma in the field of pharmacy. The diploma is the basic prerequisite for registration to practice as a pharmacist in our country besides B Pharmacy. Diploma pass candidate may pursue B Pharmacy or B Pharmacy (Practice) Courses also
- In some countries, it has been superseded by the Master of Pharmacy (M Pharm) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)
- Pharm. Is regulated by:
- State Government
- PCI (Pharmacy Council of India)
- SGT University as Examining Body
- Duration of the course:
- 4 years for B Pharm, 2 Years for D Pharm & M Pharm and 6 Years for Pharm D
- Provide a premier professional education program leading to the UG and PG programs.
- Prepare well groomed patient friendly future pharmacists and provide them with the tools to effectively practice in a wide variety of existing and future roles
- Provide education programs in the pharmaceutical Sciences up to the PhD degree
- Develop and maintain research initiatives in the basic, clinical and computational sciences to discover new knowledge and new approaches to enhance health care
- Promote interdisciplinary education and cooperation between pharmacy , medicine , dental and other sciences
- Foster collaboration with other programs to enhance and expand education and research opportunities
- Serve as the regional center for dissemination of drug information, toxicology and pharmacovigilance information for health professionals and the public.
- SGT College of Pharmacy provides excellent learning environment, rich curriculum designed by Pharmacy Council of India coupled with inputs from expert in SGT University, academicians, Pharma scientists from industry, well defined program education objectives and teaching learning methodology, research facilities, and industry institute interface
- Students are given practical exposures to all theoretical concepts taught in the class
- Industrial visits begin with first semester onwards and special extension lectures by experts from industry are a regular feature to expand their vision
- Provision of selecting electives from semester first with curriculum which is choice based credit system is special attraction
- Collaboration with National and multinational Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Industries provides ample opportunity to the budding pharmacists for summer / winter internships
- Professional and business communication tagged with personality building and team work classes are integral part of the syllabus for each semester.
- Pharmacy Paramarsh Kendra helps students for all kind of professional and personal assistance
- Strong analytical ability, problem solving attitude, independent learning techniques are inculcated in each participant
- Whole hearted inputs are given to prepare for successful career and employability
Duration of the program
The course of study for B.Pharm shall extend over a period of eight semesters (four academic years) and six semesters (three academic years) for lateral entry students. The curricula and syllabi for the program shall be prescribed from time to time by Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi.
First year B. Pharm:
Candidate shall have passed 10+2 examination conducted by the respective state/central government authorities recognized as equivalent to 10+2 examination by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) with English as one of the subjects and Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (P.C.M) and or Biology (P.C.B / P.C.M.B.) as optional subjects individually. Any other qualification approved by the Pharmacy Council of India as equivalent to any of the above examinations.
- Pharm lateral entry (to third semester):
A pass in D. Pharm. course from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India under section 12 of the Pharmacy Act.
- GOVERNMENT SECTOR:
- Drugs Inspector / Licensing Authority/Drug Control Officer/Assistant Drug Inspector (CDSCCO & State Drug Control Departments)
- Government Analyst
- Assistant Technical Officer (PCI)
- Forensic Pharmacist
- Assistant Professor (Academics)
- INDUSTRY: (Drugs & Pharmaceutical/API/Cosmetics/Food & Beverages /Medical Devices)
- Assistant Manufacturing Chemist
- Quality Control Chemist
- Quality Assurance & Validation Manager
- Inventory Manager
- Supply Chain Manager
- Pharmacovigilance Officer
- Clinical Data Manager
- Clinical Research Associate
- Medical Coding & Writing
- Drug Regulatory Affairs
- Data Analytics (With MBA )
- Research & Development
- Formulation Development
- Process Development
- Analytical Methods of estimation Development
- Packaging Development
- Marketing Research
- Herbal Drug
- Clinical Research
- Retail and Wholesale Pharmacy
- API / Drug /Cosmetics / Medical Devices Units
- Commercial Testing Lab (Government approved)
- Contract Manufacturing, Testing and Services
- Product Management Services (Designing & Printing)
- Legal Advisor / Patent Attorney ( With LLB)
- Marketing & Sales:
- Medical Representatives / Territory Manager
- Nutrition Officer
- Product management Team
- Market research
- Product and Marketing Trainer
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry
- Pharmacy Practice
- Drug Regulatory Affairs
- Quality Control & Quality Assurance
- Pharmaceutical Management
- Cosmetic Science
The curriculum is based on theoretical, practical, tutorials and continuous mode of internal assessment.
|Attendance: 80 % minimum||4||2|
|Academic activities (Average of any 3 activities e.g. quiz, assignment, open book test, field work, group discussion and seminar)||3||1.5|
|Student – Teacher interaction||3||1.5|
|Attendance: 80 % minimum||2|
|Based on Practical Records, Regular viva voce, etc.||3|
|Guidelines for the allotment of marks for attendance|
|Percentage of Attendance||Theory||Practical|
|95 – 100||4||2|
|90 – 94||3||1.5|
|85 – 89||2||1|
|80 – 84||1||0.5|
|Less than 80||0||0|
The course of study for B. Pharm shall include Semester Wise Theory & Practical as given in Table – I to VIII. The number of hours to be devoted to each theory, tutorial and practical course in any semester shall not be less than that shown in Table – I to VIII.
(Please refer www.pci.nic.in syllabus for B Pharmacy)
The End Semester Examinations for each theory and practical course through semesters I to VIII shall be conducted by the university except for the subjects with asterix symbol (*) in table I and II for which examinations shall be conducted by the subject experts at college level and the marks/grades shall be submitted to the university.
Two Sessional exams shall be conducted for each theory / practical course as per the schedule fixed by the college(s). The scheme of question paper for theory and practical Sessional examinations is given below. The average marks of two Sessional exams shall be computed for internal assessment as per the requirements given in tables – X.
Sessional exam shall be conducted for 30 marks for theory and shall be computed for 15 marks. Similarly Sessional exam for practical shall be conducted for 40 marks and shall be computed for 10 marks.
|Question paper pattern for theory Sessional examinations|
|For subjects having University examination|
|I. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
|(Answer all the questions)||=||10 x 1 = 10|
|I. Long Answers (Answer 1 out of 2)||=||1 x 10 = 10|
|II. Short Answers (Answer 2 out of 3)||=||2 x 5 = 10|
|For subjects having Non University Examination|
|I. Long Answers (Answer 1 out of 2)||=||1 x 10 = 10|
|II. Short Answers (Answer 4 out of 6)||=||4 x 5 = 20|
|Question paper pattern for practical sessional examinations|
|III. Viva voce||=||05|
Promotion and award of grades
A student shall be declared PASSand eligible for getting gradein a course of B.Pharm.program if he/she secures at least 50% marks in that particular course including internal assessment.For example, to be declared as PASS and to get grade, the student has to secure a minimum of 50 marks for the total of 100 including continuous mode of assessment and end semester theory examination and has to secure a minimum of 25 marks for the total 50 including internal assessment and end semester practical examination.
Carry forward of marks
In case a studentfails to secure the minimum 50% in any Theory or Practical course as specified in 12,then he/she shall reappear for the end semester examinationof that course. However his/her marks of the Internal Assessmentshallbe carried overand he/she shall be entitled for grade obtained by him/her on passing.
Improvement of internal assessment
A studentshall have the opportunity to improvehis/her performance only oncein the Sessional exam component of the internal assessment. The re-conduct of the Sessional exam shall be completed before the commencement of next end semester theory examinations.
Re-examination of end semester examinations
Reexamination ofend semester examinationshall be conducted as per the schedule given in table XIII. The exact dates of examinations shall be notified from time to time.
Table-XIII: Tentative schedule of end semester examinations
|Semester||For Regular Candidates||For Failed Candidates|
|I, III, V and VII||November / December||May / June|
|II, IV, VI and VIII||May / June||November / December|
|Question paper pattern for end semester theory examinations|
|For 75 marks paper|
|I. Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs)|
|(Answer all the questions)||=||20 x 1||= 20|
|I. Long Answers (Answer 2 out of 3)||=||2 x 10 = 20|
|II. Short Answers (Answer 7 out of 9)||=||7 x 5||= 35|
|For 50 marks paper|
|I. Long Answers (Answer 2 out of 3)||=||2 x 10 = 20|
|II. Short Answers (Answer 6 out of 8)||=||6 x 5||= 30|
|For 35 marks paper|
|I. Long Answers (Answer 1 out of 2)||=||1 x 10 =10|
|II. Short Answers (Answer 5 out of 7)||=||5 x 5||= 25|
|Question paper pattern for end semester practical examinations|
|III. Viva voce||=||5|
No student shall be admitted to any examination unless he/she fulfills the norms given in 6. Academic progression rules are applicable as follows:
A student shall be eligible to carry forward all the courses of I, II and III semesters till the IV semester examinations. However, he/she shall not be eligible to attend the courses of V semester until all the courses of I and II semesters are successfully completed.
A student shall be eligible to carry forward all the courses of III, IV and V semesters till the VI semester examinations. However, he/she shall not be eligible to attend the courses of VII semester until all the courses of I, II, III and IV semesters are successfully completed.
A student shall be eligible to carry forward all the courses of V, VI and VII semesters till the VIII semester examinations. However, he/she shall not be eligible to get the course completion certificate until all the courses of I, II, III, IV, V and VI semesters are successfully completed.
A student shall be eligible to get his/her CGPA upon successful completion of the courses of I to VIII semesters within the stipulated time period as per the norms specified in 26.
A lateral entry student shall be eligible to carry forward all the courses of III, IV and V semesters till the VI semester examinations. However, he/she shall not be eligible to attend the courses of VII semester until all the courses of III and IV semesters are successfully completed.
A lateral entry student shall be eligible to carry forward all the courses of V, VI and VII semesters till the VIII semester examinations. However, he/she shall not be eligible to get the course completion certificate until all the courses of III, IV, V and VI semesters are successfully completed.
A lateral entry student shall be eligible to get his/her CGPA upon successful completion of the courses of III to VIII semesters within the stipulated time period as per the norms specified in 26.
Any student who hasgiven more than 4 chances for successful completion of I / III semester courses and more than 3 chances for successful completion of II / IV semester courses shall be permitted to attend V / VII semester classes ONLY during the subsequent academic year as the case may be. In simpler terms there shall NOT be any ODD BATCH for any semester.
Note: Grade ABshould be considered as failed and treated as one head for deciding academic progression. Such rules are also applicable for those students who fail to register for examination(s) of any course in any semester.
Grading of performances
Letter grades and grade points allocations:
Based on the performances, each student shall be awarded a final letter grade at the end of the semester for each course.The letter grades and their corresponding grade points are given in Table – XII.
Table – XII: Letter grades and grade points equivalent to
Percentage of marks and performances
|Percentage of||Letter Grade||Grade Point||Performance|
|90.00 – 100||O||10||Outstanding|
|80.00 – 89.99||A||9||Excellent|
|70.00 – 79.99||B||8||Good|
|60.00 – 69.99||C||7||Fair|
|50.00 – 59.99||D||6||Average|
|Less than 50||F||0||Fail|
A learner who remains absent for any end semester examination shall be assigned a letter grade of ABand a corresponding grade point of zero. He/she should reappear for the said evaluation/examination in due course.
The Semester grade point average (SGPA)
The performance of a student in a semester is indicated by a number called ‘Semester Grade Point Average’ (SGPA). The SGPA is the weighted average of the grade points obtainedin all the courses by the student during the semester. For example, if a student takes five courses(Theory/Practical) in a semester with credits C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 and the student’s grade pointsin these courses are G1, G2, G3, G4 and G5, respectively, and then students’ SGPA is equal to:
C1G1 + C2G2 + C3G3 + C4G4+ C5G5
SGPA = ————————————————–
C1 + C2 + C3 + C4+ C5
The SGPA is calculated to two decimal points.It should be noted that, the SGPA for any semester shall take into consideration the F and ABSgrade awarded in that semester. For example if a learner has a F or ABS grade in course 4, theSGPA shall then be computed as:
C1G1 + C2G2 + C3G3 + C4* ZERO + C5G5
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
The CGPA is calculated with the SGPA of all the VIII semesters to two decimal points and is indicated in final grade report card/final transcript showing the grades of all VIII semesters and their courses. The CGPA shall reflect the failed statusin case of F grade(s),till the course(s) is/are passed. When the course(s)is/are passedby obtaining a pass grade on subsequent examination(s) theCGPA shall only reflect the new grade and not the fail grades earned earlier.The CGPA is calculated as:
C1S1 + C2S2 + C3S3 + C4S4+ C5S5+ C6S6+ C7S7+ C8S8 CGPA = ————————————————————————-
C1 + C2 + C3 + C4+ C5+ C6+ C7+ C8
where C1, C2, C3,…. is the total number of credits for semester I,II,III,…. and S1,S2, S3,….is the SGPA of semester I,II,III,…. .
Declaration of class
The class shall be awarded on the basis of CGPA as follows:
First Class with Distinction = CGPA of. 7.50 and above
First Class = CGPA of 6.00 to 7.49
Second Class = CGPA of 5.00 to 5.99
All the students shall undertake a projectunder the supervision of a teacher and submit a report. The area of the project shall directly relate any one of the elective subject opted by the student in semester VIII. The project shall be carried out in group not exceeding 5 in number. The project report shall be submitted in triplicate (typed & bound copy not less than 25 pages).
The internal and external examiner appointed by the University shall evaluate the project at the time of the Practical examinations of other semester(s). Students shall be evaluated in groups for four hours (i.e., about half an hour for a group of five students). The projects shall be evaluated as per the criteria given below.
|Evaluation of Dissertation Book:|
|Objective(s) of the work done||15 Marks|
|Methodology adopted||20 Marks|
|Results and Discussions||20 Marks|
|Conclusions and Outcomes||20 Marks|
|Evaluation of Presentation:|
|Presentation of work||25 Marks|
|Communication skills||20 Marks|
|Question and answer skills||30 Marks|
Explanation: The 75 marks assigned to the dissertation book shall be same for all the students in a group. However, the 75 marks assigned for presentation shall be awarded based on the performance of individual students in the given criteria.
Industrial training (Desirable)
Every candidate shall be required to work for at least 150 hours spread over four weeks in a Pharmaceutical Industry/Hospital. It includes Production unit, Quality Control department, Quality Assurance department, Analytical laboratory, Chemical manufacturing unit, Pharmaceutical R&D, Hospital (Clinical Pharmacy), Clinical Research Organization, Community Pharmacy, etc. After the Semester – VI and before the commencement of Semester – VII, and shall submit satisfactory report of such work and certificate duly signed by the authority of training organization to the head of the institute.
In the VII semester, every candidate shall undergo practice school for a period of 150 hours evenly distributed throughout the semester. The student shall opt any one of the domains for practice school declared by the program committee from time to time.
At the end of the practice school, every student shall submit a printed report (in triplicate) on the practice school he/she attended (not more than 25 pages). Along with the exams of semester VII, the report submitted by the student, knowledge and skills acquired by the student through practice school shall be evaluated by the subject experts at college leveland grade point shall be awarded.
Award of Ranks
Ranks and Medals shall be awarded on the basis of final CGPA. However, candidates who fail in one or more courses during the B.Pharm program shall not be eligible for award of ranks.Moreover; the candidates should have completed the B. Pharm program in minimum prescribed number of years, (four years) for the award of Ranks.
Award of degree
Candidates who fulfill the requirements mentioned above shall be eligible for award of degree during the ensuing convocation.
Duration for completion of the program of study
The duration for the completion of the program shall be fixed as double the actual duration of the program and the students have to pass within the said period, otherwise they have to get fresh Registration.
Re-admission after break of study
Candidate who seeks re-admission to the program after break of study has to get the approval from the university by paying a condonation fee.
No condonation is allowed for the candidate who has more than 2 years of break up period and he/she has to rejoin the program by paying the required fees
Medium of instruction and examinations
Medium of instruction and examination shall be in English.
Working days in each semester
Each semestershall consist of not less than 100 working days. The odd semesters shall be conducted from the month of June/July to November/December and the even semesters shall be conducted from December/January to May/June in every calendar year.
Attendance and progress
A candidate is required to put in at least 80% attendance in individual courses considering theory and practical separately. The candidate shall complete the prescribed course satisfactorily to be eligible to appear for the respective examinations.
Program/Course credit structure
As per the philosophy of Credit Based Semester System, certain quantum of academic work viz. theory classes, tutorial hours, practical classes, etc. are measured in terms of credits. On satisfactory completion of the courses, a candidate earns credits. The amount of credit associated with a course is dependent upon the number of hours of instruction per week in that course. Similarly, the credit associated with any of the other academic, co/extra-curricular activities is dependent upon the quantum of work expected to be put in for each of these activities per week.
Theory and Laboratory courses
Courses are broadly classified as Theory and Practical. Theory courses consist of lecture (L) and /or tutorial (T) hours, and Practical (P) courses consist of hours spent in the laboratory. Credits (C) for a course is dependent on the number of hours of instruction per week in that course, and is obtained by using a multiplier of one (1) for lecture and tutorial hours, and a multiplier of half (1/2) for practical (laboratory) hours. Thus, for example, a theory course having three lectures and one tutorial per week throughout the semester carries a credit of 4. Similarly, a practical having four laboratory hours per week throughout semester carries a credit of 2.
Minimum credit requirements
The minimum credit points required for award of a B. Pharm. degree is 208. These credits are divided into Theory courses, Tutorials, Practical, Practice School and Projectover the duration of eight semesters. The credits are distributed semester-wise as shown in Table IX. Courses generally progress in sequences, building competencies and their positioning indicates certain academic maturity on the part of the learners. Learners are expected to follow the semester-wise schedule of courses given in the syllabus.
The lateral entry students shall get 52 credit points transferred from their D. Pharm program. Such students shall take up additional remedial courses of ‘Communication Skills’ (Theory and Practical) and ‘Computer Applications in Pharmacy’ (Theory and Practical) equivalent to 3 and 4 credit points respectively, a total of 7 credit points to attain 59 credit points, the maximum of I and II semesters.